Thursday, October 07, 2004


SHA 2005 Conference--York, England



On January 4-9, 2005, the city of York, England will host the 2005 SHA Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. The University of York, Department of Archaeology, specializing in archaeology of the last two millennia will act as principal host for the meeting, supported by The York Archaeological Trust and the York and Humber regional offices of the national heritage body, English Heritage. Additionally, various museums, institutions and businesses will also be cooperating in this effort.

The York Moat House, centrally located in the vibrant City centre will be the headquarter hotel for the conference. The King's Manor, located at the University of York and home of the University's Department of Archaeology, will also be utilized for presentations and exhibits.

"Continuity and Change" has been chosen for the conference theme because, unlike colonial situations, there is not a start date when European contact was made. Moreover, in more recent times, the heritage (social as well as material) acts as a major force in the direction of change. This theme is amply demonstrated in the physical remains of the City of York, and indeed throughout the country of England.

Individual contributions:
Major Paper: Theoretical, methodological, or data synthesizing presentations that cover broad regional or topical subjects based upon completed research (20 minutes). Student presenters are encouraged to submit their single-authored papers for the annual Student Paper Prize competition (for details, see

Research Report: Brief presentations focusing on research in progress or findings of completed small-scale studies (10 minutes).

Posters/Media Displays: Free-standing, mounted exhibits with text and graphics, videotapes, etc., that illustrate on-going or completed research projects. Bulletin boards will be provided; electronic equipment needs may be available at additional charge. Authors are expected to set up their own displays and be present at their display during the session. A two-hour time slot will be scheduled for each poster session.

The conference program chairs will group major papers and research reports into general sessions organized by topic, region, or time period and assign a chair to each session.
Organized contributions:

Symposium: Four or more major papers organized around a central theme, region, or project. Organizers of a symposium must identify the chair and at least one discussant. Symposia with more than 10 presentations must be divided into two parts (morning and afternoon sessions), each with at least one discussant.

Forum/Panel Discussion: Less structured gatherings of 2-4 hours organized around a discussion topic to be addressed by an invited panel and which seeks to engage the audience. Forum proposals must identify the moderator and all panelists, the number of which should be appropriate to the time allotted (8 participants maximum).

Abstract Submittal:
Individual contributors of a paper, report, or poster must submit a title and abstract not to exceed 150 words along with the SHA 2005 registration form and appropriate pre-registration fees for the senior author or presenter. Symposium organizers must submit a complete packet containing the following: (1) a session abstract of not more than 150 words, (2) a list of participants in order of presentation, (3) registration forms and abstracts of not more than 100 words for each presentation, (4) the names of all discussants (at least one required), and (5) appropriate pre-registration fees for each formal presentation. Forum organizers must submit a packet containing the following: (1) a forum abstract of not more than 150 words, (2) an indication of time-slot duration (2-4 hours), (3) a list of panelists, (4) registration forms for the moderator(s) and all panelists, and (4) appropriate pre-registration fees for each participant in the forum. Although the moderator may call upon each panelist to give a brief introductory statement before opening general discussion, individual abstracts will not be published.

Abstracts must be accompanied by the contributor's appropriate pre-registration fee, paid by check, money order, or credit card. Submissions arriving after June 11, 2004, will be considered, contingent upon space available; however, late fees of $25.00 will be assessed. Those submitting incomplete packets may also incur additional fees for the additional cost of handling and processing the submission. Such penalty fees will not be credited against pre-registration costs. Requests for refunds of abstract submittal fees will be honored for those withdrawing from the program until October 15, 2004, less a processing fee of $25.00.

Audiovisual Equipment:
A 35-mm carousel slide projector, laser pointer, microphone, and lectern will be provided in each meeting room. Presenters are expected to bring slides in their own 80-slot carousels (A-V volunteers will not rack slides for you). Special A-V needs must be identified on the application form, and will be met if the conference budget permits. A surcharge will be assessed for use of digital projectors used in PowerPoint presentations.

Membership in the society is not required to present a paper or poster at the SHA conference; however, SHA members remit substantially lower registration fees to participate in the annual meeting. Scholars from other disciplines, whose invitation to participate is approved in advance by conference organizers, may have the non-member premium waived. In order to avoid scheduling conflicts, program participation is limited to one formal paper as senior author, though a presenter also may contribute as a junior author of another paper or serve as a session chair or discussant.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2004. On-line abstract submission will be available April 1 through the SHA Website <>. Forms also will be mailed to the membership and will be available in downloadable format on the SHA website or emailed upon request <>. All submissions must be sent to the SHA Headquarters, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061. A late fee will be assessed for abstracts accepted after the deadline.

Contact Information:
Conference Chair
Harold C. Mytum,
PhDUniversity of York
The King's Manor
York, England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 011-44-1904-433901
Fax: 011-44-1904-433902Email:
SHA HeadquartersSociety for Historical Archaeology
19 Mantua RoadMt. Royal. NJ 08061
Telephone: 856-224-0996
Fax: 856-423-3420Email:

Contact SHA Headquarters concerning all abstract submissions, conference registration, events/tours, committee meetings, lodging, and other logistical questions.

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